Conservatives used to win elections at least partly on their handling of the economy, and today Labour likes to point to its own financial performance.
So after eight years of Labour government, do electors feel better off, and what do they expect if Tony Blair wins again?
Or do they think the other parties would be better looking after the pound in their pocket?
Here are the views of nine of our panel.
The readers' panel has been selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible and may not be representative of wider public opinion.